December 8, 2016, Yangon
STOP ALL WARS in Myanmar! Fast and Pray – Make 2017 the Year of Peace
Brothers and Sisters of Myanmar“Happy New Year!” Every year we greet one another with this message. Sincerely there is no happiness in many parts of this country. War goes on in many parts. For more than 200,000 IDPs in the camps, there NO happy new year.
The war that started sixty years is rages on. Cambodia solved its conflicts, Vietnam solved its wars. All of them are in the path towards peace with prosperity. We are involved in an unwinnable war. Agony and displacement of all people is the only result.
The silent majority of Myanmar was just a spectator to the chronic war in Myanmar. Let us come together for peace. It is time for us to come together – all religions, all ethnic groups – for making 2017 really Happy New Year. Peace with Justice is possible. Peace through negotiation is possible. Armed response has failed.
So we urge all religions to observe January 1st 2017, as a day of Fasting and Prayer for peace. Let all of us flock our monasteries, churches, temples and mosques carrying placards and flags depicting the words STOP ALL WARS! Let us spend the day in prayer for peace and a day long fast to change the hearts of all people. End all wars! Make 2017 the year of Peace!
Cardinal Charles Bo
Archbishop of Yangon